JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Delays aren't the only thing mounting when it comes to the Jeffersonville Big Four Bridge project. City officials have announced plans to install a surveillance system.
"It doesn't make sense to spend all this money, build something beautiful, if people don't feel safe to come over," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. "I'm a dad. I want my kids to feel safe."
Taking that sentiment to heart, Mayor Moore said to boost safety when the Big Four Bridge ramp eventually reopens in Jeffersonville a couple dozen new features are being added to the redevelopment plan.
"We are going to be installing surveillance cameras that are going to cover not only the ramp itself but the Big Four Station Park," said Moore.
According to the Mayor Moore, the plan called for more than 20 cameras funded with money allocated by the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission, "You're talking over $90,000 in costs but that also is for some fiber optic line, the cameras itself, and the security from Security Pros."
Unlike the city of Louisville, the mayor said Jeffersonville's cameras will be run through Jeffersonville based Security Pros. According to Security Pros President Chris Gilbert, the smart cameras are capable of self-detecting when help is needed.
"If we have multiple people moving in a direction that we do not want, that can cause an alert using analytics," said Gilbert.
While the cameras can record violators, Gilbert said the equipment can go one step further to warn rule breakers to stop.
"A verbal challenge can be issued to those people and then the authorities can be notified to respond to the situation," said Gilbert.
Although the cameras are expected to heighten security, Moore ensured they would not replace officers once installed.
"You will see the police on bicycles," said Moore. "You will see the police in the cars. You will see them in the full drive gators."
As for when you might start hearing camera commands, Gilbert suggested the curious stay tuned.
"That is a prime question," began Gilbert. "I can tell you we have meetings in the morning to start looking at pole locations."
Mayor Moore has not yet announced a firm deadline for the camera installation but said it will happen before the ramp reopens to the public.
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